About the Artistic Director
Our new Artistic Director, Dr. Jennifer Rodgers is the Assistant Director of Choral Activities and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the voice division at Iowa State University. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in voice performance and a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Washington. Jennifer is a voice pedagogue dedicated to work in the choral setting and bridging contemporary and traditional solo voice styles, and her own performances span from opera and concert work to musical theater and jazz.
Jennifer has presented internationally on the topic of musical self-image and avocational adult singers, and has a growing body of published work and presentation in choral relevance – a movement to examine the field of choral music through a lens of inclusivity and connective dialogue. Her primary area of research and publication is the definition and training of the choral singing voice and the development of an expanded field of choral pedagogy. She is also an expert in the contemporary
language and practice of solo voice pedagogy.
Prior to her appointment at ISU and her doctoral work in Seattle, Dr. Rodgers was a freelance conductor, voice teacher, and performer in the Washington, DC area. She founded a non-profit theater company that forges relationships between educational and community service organizations and has used her love of creative programming and social change to re-envision two large community choruses as their Artistic Director.